Detective Inspector Sep Black returns to take on two connected cold cases in this hard-hitting police procedural from the author of Dead or Alive.
When a wealthy businessman suffers a fatal fall from his office window, the forensic evidence points to murder. But with no suspects, no clues, and no apparent motive, the police investigation stalls. It’s passed over to the Cold Case Unit where it remains on file, inactive until further evidence emerges.
Some months later, an attractive widow approaches DI Sep Black with a request that he look into the murder of her husband. Freelance journalist James Boswell had been working on a major story—and his widow Sandra believes it had something to do with his death. What did Boswell discover that got him killed?
As he starts to ask questions, Black uncovers a possible connection between the two murders. But before he can find out more, an almost-successful attempt on his life reveals that someone is determined to stop him from finding out the truth—whatever it takes.
“Sep is a really strong character . . . a definite keeper.” —Booklist
“Plenty of action and an enjoyable read.” —Euro Crime
McCoy's complicated sequel to 2016's Dead or Alive finds Det. Insp. Septimus "Sep" Black assigned to the West Yorkshire Police Cold Case Unit after a brief stint as a private detective. It's in his nonofficial capacity that widow Sandra Boswell consults him. When Sandra's investigative reporter husband, James, was murdered in a seedy hotel four months earlier, the local police put it down to a dispute between a prostitute and her client. The skeptical Sandra asks Sep to investigate. Sep sees a link between James's death and that of a successful entrepreneur, and soon the death count rises and Sep becomes a target. Assisted and occasionally rescued by his lady friend, computer whiz Winnie O'Toole, Sep recklessly races into dangerous situations alone; consistently lies to suspects, witnesses, and colleagues; and recovers miraculously from being shot, knifed, and hit by a speeding van. There is, though, some nice banter between Sep and the intelligent, appealing Winnie, and the plot offers a few entertaining twists.